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Bentley Named No. 2 Undergraduate Business School for Its Graduates’ Earnings
Bentley University was named the No. 2 undergraduate business school in the U.S. for the highest future earnings of its graduates, according to a new report by PayScale, a company that analyzes salary and benefits.
Bentley undergraduate alumni earn a median salary of $62,000 after 2 ½ years of their career, a 9 percent increase from 2016, and $114,300 midway through their career, a 22 percent increase, the report found.
“For many families, a child’s college education is one of the largest investments they will ever make,” said Susan Brennan, Bentley’s associate vice president for university career services. “Bentley delivers a strong return on investment for students, helping them discover not only a high-paying career path but also a career that matches their interests and talents.”
At Bentley, 99 percent of graduates are employed or headed for graduate school within six months after graduation. Planning for a career begins the first semester students arrive on campus through the university’s HIRE Education career action plan, a 4-year approach to lead students toward a fulfilling career path.
Ninety-nine percent of Bentley first-year students enroll in a Career Development 101 course, which lays the foundation for a lifetime of successful career management. During the class, students begin to discover their professional path with a personal assessment that includes Gallup’s StrengthsFinder and build their career tool kit – including their resume, elevator pitch and LinkedIn profile.
Last year, Bentley Career Services launched a new Career Communities model to help students to make connections between their majors and the jobs they want to pursue. Bentley offers more than a dozen communities in areas such as human resources, sustainability, entrepreneurship, consulting and professional sales.
How the Ranking Was Conducted
The PayScale ranking includes business schools that grant more than 50 percent of their undergraduate degrees in business management, marketing and related majors. The report ranks schools by the median early-career and mid-career salaries of alumni who received a four-year degree. The list excludes alumni who went on to earn a graduate or other degree after receiving their bachelor’s degree. The report includes full-time employees and is based on data self-reported alumni. For more on how the survey was conducted, see PayScale’s survey methodology.
One of the Nation’s Top Business Schools
Bentley University is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader with the technical skills, global perspective and ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Bentley’s diverse arts and sciences program combined with an advanced business curriculum prepares graduates to make an impact in their chosen fields. The university enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. The Princeton Review ranked Bentley #1 in the United States in both career services and internships and Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked Bentley a top 10 undergraduate business school.
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